PORT HOOD: Six students from Bayview Education Centre visited Inverness Municipal Council late last week to tell their municipal leaders about an initiative to keep it green at their school.
The kids fleshed out a program they have in the works that would see bike racks installed throughout Bayview’s catchment area, which would allow youth to bike to the racks and be picked up by their busses there.
“This would allow less idling of the busses and students would be getting more exercise,” one of the youth explained. “We chose to do this because global warming is a big factor in world issues, and we want to do our part.”
The kids said they spoke to MLA Allan MacMaster on the matter, as well as Inverness County CAO Keith MacDonald, and Strait Regional Centre for Education higher-ups. They also fundraised through a number of initiatives. With that, the subjects they study at Bayview tied into their real-world work.
“The six of us learned that it’s possible to make a change even if we’re in junior high,” one of the youth said.
The students making the visit were Ellie MacDonald, Chloe MacDonald, Maggie MacDougall, Campbell MacIntyre, Daniel Murphy, and Malcolm Rankin.
Council members all took their hat off to the kids for the hard work they put in.
Deputy Warden Alfred Poirier noted that having crosswalks put in at the bike racks is a good idea, as the kids detailed in their presentation, but the battle to get crosswalks installed along Route 19 is a tough one. Council has been working on similar projects for years.
Warden Betty Ann MacQuarrie said the county has an active transportation plan, and that strategy might help the youth with their goals.
“Congratulations to all of you for an excellent presentation,” the warden said.